Through Gateway’s literature-based reading program, students discover a love for books and develop the ability to interpret literature and to appreciate language. Writing skills are taught across disciplines, helping the students become stronger writers as well as stronger historians, scientists, and mathematicians. Oral language development is integrated in all subjects beginning in the earliest grades, with strong emphasis on public speaking.
Gateway encourages the study of cultures and influences that affect students’ lives. Students gain a sense of their place in the world by understanding that the nation is composed of people whose origins span the globe. The program encourages respect for different cultures and ways of life, empathy for one’s neighbors, and an understanding of each individual’s relationship to the global community. Discussion, debate, dialogue, and self-discovery are cultivated, and combined with field trips and projects to enhance the classroom experience.